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ADA — A grant to help fund the demolition of blighted properties around Ada was discussed at Tuesday’s village council meeting.
Jane Napier, Ada legal counsel, said the grant is called the Moving Ohio Forward Grant Program. It is available through the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
The grant, which has an application deadline in late June, is supposed to be the first of additional grants, Napier said.
While more details of the grant are not yet known, Jim Meyer, village administrator, said that since the money would be allocated to Hardin County and not the village specifically, a large part of the grant could go to potential large projects elsewhere in the county such as Kenton.
A meeting regarding the grants will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Veteran’s Hall at the Hardin County Courthouse. Mark Doll and John Cleek will be on hand to discuss the grant, while Commissioner Ronald Wyss will discuss further funding opportunities to work with banks to remove blighted residential structures.
During his comments at the council meeting, Mayor David Retterer commended the Ada VFW and American Legion for the annual Memorial Day ceremony on Monday.
Also at the meeting, council:
– Approved the third and final reading of an ordinance amending the storm sewer rates.
– Approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with Choice One Engineering Corporation and declaring an emergency. The services are for the improvements of rights-of-way also known as Valerie Drive, Clint Drive, Northernview Drive, Pleasantview Drive and Southernview Drive.
– Approved a resolution for the village to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s contract for rock salt.
– Hired Christopher Mendoza as a part-time dispatcher for the Ada Police Department starting today with pay as per ordinance.
– Was reminded the Ada Police Department’s bicycle rodeo will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon in the parking lot at the police department.
By TY THAXTON
Times staff writer